Wife Begins at Forty: midlife crisis adds to play’s chaos


Ron Gent, Callon Leam, Larraine Heckingbottom, Peter Scarrott, David Heckingbottom and Kirstie Francis.
Ron Gent, Callon Leam, Larraine Heckingbottom, Peter Scarrott, David Heckingbottom and Kirstie Francis.

THE Harper family, living in their three-bedroom home in suburbia, thought their lives were comfortable and secure until Linda (Kirstie Francis) realised she would be 40 on her next birthday.

Linda, husband George (David Heckingbottom) and son Leonard (Callon Leam), wanted for nothing.

George was a good provider, but his business was all consuming, so he spent very little time at home.

Late one evening, after a fancy dress party and lots of drinks, Linda laid it on the line to George. “You get up in the morning, go to work, come home, you go to bed, this happens every day of the week,’’ she shouted.

Bored with their routine and lack of sex life, Linda decided to leave George and start again – while trying to juggle her doddering father-in-law and her teenage son.

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To compensate, Linda confides her problems to neighbour Betty (Larraine Heckingbottom) who suggests taking up fitness activities to stop her frustrations, while George confides in his mate, Roger (Peter Scarrott) who suggests he needs to get “the snip” then get himself a girlfriend.

The midlife crisis sends the home into chaos, affecting George’s father Bernard (Ron Gent), their son Leonard and even the family dog.

Wife Begins at Forty is directed by Sue Walker and co-director Larraine Heckingbottom.

Tickets from www.rockinghamtheatre.com or Rockingham Visitors Centre.

WHAT: Wife Begins at Forty.
WHERE: Rockingham Theatre.
WHEN: November 18, 19, 25, 26, December 2, 3, matinee November 27.